Parish League 2019

2019 JPA Inter Parish Petanque League report – Week 1

St John begin the 2019 season in pole position following a 5-1 home win over St Martin. Starting their match in a gale, they finished in a downpour!  Mick Allain and John Ponomorenko saved St Martin from a whitewash winning their double only losing one point.
Their neighbouring parish of St Mary were also on home ground and took full advantage, losing only to ten and eleven.  St Brelade put up a good performance against them, losing two of the opening doubles to 9.
All the remaining four matches ended in draws.
 Champions St Saviour made a perfect start away to Grouville, winning the opening three doubles. Each were close games however; Liz Viney playing in her first league match lost 9-13 with partner Dorothy de Gruchy to Alex Stewart and Jean Meldrum, a former Grouville player!  It was looking very much like a match win for St Saviour but each of the second half games were very close affairs. Winning the triple got Grouville their first win, Joan James, Sandra Harrison and Yvonne Mahoney winning 13-10. Team mate Gordon de Gruchy was 0-8 down to Peter Blampied only to pull level at twelve all before winning 13-12. So, it was down to Grouville’s Mike Harrison and John Mahoney who came from behind to take the lead and held onto it with John playing a great last shot to secure a win and level the match.
St Helier hosted St Lawrence and were two games to one mid-way. Gill Noel having moved parish from Grouville to St Lawrence won her inaugural game for her new team partnered by Tony Morton. In the back three games fortunes were reversed and thus the match ended in a draw.
On the south coast St Clement welcomed St Ouen who made the better start winning two doubles to their hosts one. St Ouen also secured the final double but St Clements Brian Heard won the single 13-10 and his team mates Brian Daghorn, Rose Benest and Tony Beddoe added the triple to share the honours.
Trinity played their first league match on their new terrain and both sides enjoyed the excellent facilities. The home side benefitted from practicing on their own surface and won two of the opening doubles, while Lester and Margaret Rolland won the third for St Peter.  Frances and John le Gresley levelled the match for St Peter allowing their opponents just one point. Alan Le Maistre had a close game against St Peter’s captain Vic Le Riche but lost 10-13.  Trinity captain Lawrence de Gruchy was playing in the triple with David Vautier and Roy Therin and they beat Enid de Gruchy, Brenda Vautier and Lester Rolland 13-11 to share the points.  
Elaine Paisnel - JPA